For those of you who’ve never seen Kitchen Nightmares, it’s a show (actually, two shows, a UK and a US version but they’re pretty much the same show) in which Gordon Ramsay fixes a failing restaurant. All the shows are basically the same. There is a reality TV style summary of the family that owns the restaurant (it is almost ALWAYS a family.) Then Ramsay shows up and sits down to sample some of the food. He then looks around. His findings are always:
a) The food isn’t fit to be served to raccoons,
b) The decor appears to have been chosen and installed by vandals, and
c) The kitchen is a horrifying dump.
Once in awhile one of those conditions isn’t true - once he went to a soul food restaurant (in Brighton, England, of all places) and found the food delicious. I think that was about it.
What always freaks me out is how gross the kitchens often are. I’m talking dangerous. Vegetables swimming in raw chicken juice, things that honestly could make you deathly ill.
Of course he always fixes it… but would you eat at such a place a month later? Maybe it was great when he left, but it’s the same mooks running the restaurant. Would you trust them to keep the kitchen clean?